The Aconcagua treks are divided into two distinct seasons. Seasons are defined by a change in the length of daylight; summer begins in October and ends in March, while winter begins in April.
Peak season occurs during the warmer months since the top sections of Aconcagua remain exceedingly cold even in the summer due to its high height. Even though the summer is the wet season, you shouldn’t expect more than five or six days of rain a month, even in the wettest period. The air on the mountain is dry and dusty quite regularly. Most people’s schedules also peak at this time of year.
· Trekking Backpack
Use this on your way to Base Camp of Aconcagua. You’ll need to swap to your Aconcagua Expedition pack once you leave Base Camp and make your way higher up the mountain. We’ll transfer your daypack to your duffel and take you to Base Camp on the other side of the hill.
· Sleeping Bag
A high-quality, all-season down sleeping bag is what you need. It’s recommended that this has a temperature rating of at least -22°C/-10F and contains at least 800g of 800 Fill Power Down. Consider using a quality compression sack to store your belongings.
· Wool or Synthetic Socks
Bring three pairs of socks, at least one of which should be thick enough to use when trekking. If you plan on wearing liner socks, these will need to fit over them.
· Trekking Poles
Helpful in minimizing the impact on your muscles and joints while walking on flat surfaces. We advise using flick lock poles instead of twist lock ones.
· Double Boots
The mountaineering needs a pair of double boots. Even while plastic-shelled boots will do the trick, the more recent alternatives are far superior in comfort. Any form of single boots (boots without a replaceable liner) won’t cut it. It is unnecessary to wear separate gaiters if you are wearing boots that already have one built in.
· Gloves – General/ Trekking
Liner gloves are worn under mitts or thick gloves so that the wearer’s hands are never exposed. Ensure that you can wear your liners easily under your mitts and gloves. Please ensure that this configuration has been thoroughly tested.
· Pee Bottle
A Wide-necked one-liter Nalgene bottle designed with the male form in mind. Women should use a plastic jug or Tupperware container for measurement.
You should wrap duct tape around the bottle several times. Handle, heat, and the ability to tell your bottles apart in the dark. Running repairs are another viable application for duct tape.
· Toilet Roll/ Tissues
Carry a single roll in your daypack when you need it. Even mini packs of tissues can come in handy. Each day’s main event includes toilet paper, provided on the trek and back at base camp.
A vacuum-sealed stainless steel thermos with a matching thermal cup lid keeps it in heat or cold. If you prefer hot water to help you stay hydrated on those chilly mountain days, we advise you to bring a thermos.
· Hard Shell Jacket
You should bring a hard shell jacket that is water and wind resistant in addition to your fleece or hoody. The jacket must be lightweight, compressible, and long-lasting. This coat you’ll need if you’re hiking in the wind and rain.